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Whitehouse driver dies in three-vehicle collision

 A Whitehouse woman died at the scene of a three-vehicle crash as a disabled car sat in the left lane of Interstate 75 in Wood County, according to a report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. At about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, troopers from the Bowling Green Post responded after Ivory Quinn, 30, of Toledo, had lost control of her 2008 Cadillac SRX, which was northbound on Interstate 75, crashed and was sitting diabled in the left lane. Brandy Houghtalling, 34, of Whitehouse, Ohio, driving north in a 2014 Ford Fusion, struck the then-unoccupied Cadillac and then collided with a 2010 Toyota Camry driven by Jamal Homes, 49, of Toledo, also traveling north on Interstate 75. Ms. Houghtalling died at the scene. Mr. Holmes and his three passengers were transported to the Wood County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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No injuries after house fire on Campbell Street

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department responded to a house fire on Dec. 3 just before 10 p.m. The battalion chief said all residents got out safe but the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Additionally, crews had trouble at first because the closest...

Well-known car dealership owner dies in crash on I-75

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Bowling Green post responded to a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 2 at 10:19 a.m. The crash occurred on I-75 near mile post 196 in Perrysburg Township where Dennis Amrhein, 73 of Temperance, Michigan died. Amrhein was heading northbound when he...

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Births ProMedica Flower Hospital Paige and Nicholas Jacoby, Sylvania, girl, Dec. 1. Sierra and Ian Clouse, Martin, Ohio, boy, Dec. 2.

OSHP: Fatal I-75 crash under investigation

WOOD COUNTY, Ohio — Ohio State Highway Patrol Officers responded to a multi-vehicle crash Saturday night just after 10 p.m.. 30-year-old Ivory Quinn was traveling northbound on I-75 when she lost control of her 2008 Cadillac SRX, crashing. Her vehicle became disabled in the left lane of I-75. 34-year-old...

Security measures to ramp up at One Government Center

The security breach of a room containing tax documents has prompted city officials to request rekeying every door in One Government Center. The Toledo City Council Finance, Debt and Budget Oversight Committee reviewed the proposal last week, which calls for an appropriation of approximately $50,000 to rekey all 200 doors at the government building. The city’s public safety director Brian Byrd would oversee one master key and each director would oversee individual keys specific to his or her department. In addition, the city’s human resources department would maintain a database that would track those keys. Some rooms will also only lock from the interior in cases of an emergency, Mr. Byrd told committee members. “This was an overall strategy, to increase the security of our employees of the building,” he said. The proposal will likely be forwarded to council for consideration at its Tuesday meeting, committee chair George Sarantou said after the meeting. Once approved, the work to change the locks would begin immediately.

Vehicle struck by gunfire on Potomac Drive

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Toledo Police Department is investigating an shooting that occurred on Sunday morning. Police responded to shots fired and multiple vehicles hit on Potomac Drive around 1 a.m. Upon arrival, officials confirmed that one white vehicle was shot at, but it was empty. Around the same...

Ohio State gets savagely trolled by sign spotted at MAC Championship Game

Ohio fans savagely roasted Ohio State with signs as Ohio takes on Toledo for the MAC Championship on Saturday. As the Bobcats and Rockets were trading blows on the field, cameras panned to a sign from an Ohio fan that said “The only Ohio schools playing today.” The sign was a clear jab at Ohio State, who lost to Michigan to end the regular season last Saturday.

Cheap Lucas County properties, many with big problems, hit the auction block next week

If you're looking for a fixer-upper at a bargain price, there's a decent chance you'll see something that piques your interest at the Lucas County Auditor's annual forfeited-land sale. Several of this year's 50 or so houses, buildings, and slices of land up for auction Friday have potential if you squint. And for many bidders — especially if a property can be had for only a few hundred bucks, or a couple grand — a little potential is good enough. "For some individuals, it's the opportunity of a lifetime," Auditor Anita Lopez said. "They can't afford to go through a normal mortgage process, to qualify for a home loan. "They're going to fix it up and rehab it, and this is going to be their dream home."

Area car dealer dies in single-vehicle crash

A Temperance man was killed in a one-vehicle accident Friday morning in Perrysburg Township, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported Saturday morning. Dennis Amrhein, 73, a partner at both Grogan's Towne and Charlie’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, was driving a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee northbound on Interstate 75 near milepost 196 when he drove off the left side of the roadway into the median and struck a concrete bridge pillar. The sudden death surprised Ken Millen, a sales manager at Charlie’s in Maumee who had worked with Mr. Amrhein for the past 20 years. “He will be missed,” said Mr. Millen, who commented that his usually upbeat friend had still been mourning the recent death of his wife of 40 years, Shirley, on Sept. 17.

Librarians pick books when children, families come to read aloud

It was 11:30 on a Wednesday morning at the Sylvania branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Heidi Yeager stood at the front of the room and raised her hands to bring everyone to attention. It was story time. About 16 toddlers assembled in front of Ms. Yeager, who has been reading to local children as a library system employee for 22 years. The literary selection for the day was the book Wombat Said Come In by Carmen Agra Deedy, a book chosen by Ms. Yeager to coordinate with the theme for that week: “yummy in the tummy.” Ms. Yeager read the story with a strong, powerful voice that filled the room and held everyone’s focus.

Religious offerings: Hope Lutheran Church to bring Bethlehem to Toledo

Hope Lutheran Church brings back its Night in Bethlehem, offering a peek into first-century Bethlehem, beginning Saturday. Volunteers dress up as residents of the town practicing their trades, and recreate the inn that turned away Mary and Joseph. Live animals also occupy the stable. Night in Bethlehem is open 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Dec. 11. It's free to attend. The church is at 2201 Secor Rd. For more information, call 419-536-8383. All Saints Lutheran Church stages its own Drive-Thru Living Nativity on Dec. 17-18, with volunteers depicting scenes from the nativity in this annual display staged in the church parking lot.

New Ohio House speaker first representing Toledo area

COLUMBUS — When Rep. Derek Merrin raises his right hand to take the oath as Ohio's Speaker of the House, he will become one of the youngest to ever hold the gavel and the only one to ever represent part of Toledo. He will be the first from the Toledo suburbs in more than half a century. “As speaker, I'm going to work on policies that benefit the entire state of Ohio, but Lucas County and northwest Ohio have a special place in my heart,” he said. “I think from a public policy standpoint, northwest Ohio has many times been left out of discussions and not given its appropriate due. “I'm very concerned about all corners of the state,” the three-term representative said. “The corners of the state that aren't within the three C's are struggling economically, and we've got to get policies in this state that benefit every single Ohioan in every region of this state.”

Brownfield project moves forward upon council approval

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Toledo City Council members are preparing to approve some of their federal relief money for the Lucas County Land Bank. The money approved will be used to tackle some of the Brownfield properties, some of which have left bad memories for community members. Both the...

J. Foster Jewelers pegs $300,000 jewelry giveaway to snowy Christmas

It is far more than sentimentality that has Phil Kajca watching for a white Christmas this year. The founder of J. Foster Jewelers in Maumee has made a big bet — one he hopes he loses — that it won’t snow four inches or more on Christmas Day as measured at Toledo Express Airport. If it does, J. Foster Jewelers will reimburse shoppers the full price for any item bought in the store between Nov. 13 and Nov. 30, including diamond rings, gold bracelets, necklaces, watches or any other merchandise, Mr. Kajca said. It’s a promotion the store has run in each of the last 10 years. The goal is to juice sales in November and give customers a contest to win valuable merchandise on the off-chance a snowstorm hits metro Toledo on Christmas Day.

Old West End organizations host WINTERFEST 2022

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Libbey House Foundation and the Women of the Old West End are hosting three days of community celebration for the Christmas season. The event started Friday, Dec. 2, and will go through Dec. 4 celebrating the International Year of Glass and with the annual WINTERFEST 2022.

To the editor: Greed is destroying Waterville

The recent vote to approve a sprawling amphitheater in Waterville (“Waterville council votes in favor of amphitheater project,” Nov. 28) against what appears to be solid opposition by the neighbors has lessons to be learned about urban sprawl and the power of money and self interest. Most Waterville residents came to Waterville for the quiet rural life of a quaint, small town. The act of moving to Waterville created demand which fed the sprawling beast. Within 10 years Waterville is but a shadow of what it once was. The new roads are named as Prairie Lane and Oak Ridge Drive and are eating up what it used to be. Rumbling truck and car traffic are stifling the senses. The greed of the building industry has taken hold of our leaders in destroying the will of residents who are powerless in stopping the destruction of their dream community.

Champions! Rockets Tame Bobcats, 17-7

A smothering defense and a gutty performance by sophomore quarterback Dequan Finn launched the Toledo Rockets (8-5) to a 17-7 victory over Ohio (9-4) in the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday. It was Toledo’s 12th MAC Championship title overall, and fourth triumph in the MAC...

We’ve got spirit, how about you?

Welcome to the rowdy crowds. During this high school football season, The Blade visited with some of the area’s student spirit sections, along with their student organizers and overseers, to see what’s changed about being top fans - and what makes them stand out. The season’s particular elation cannot be overlooked. A worldwide pandemic altered the course of these students' foundational direction. Those who are seniors have a particular thrill in… any of it. There’s no drudge. Duty and responsibility, certainly, organization is a premium trait in these clubs, but never without joy.